Robert Freeman

An Industrious Entrepreneur Who Succumbed To Madness


The creator of Tremont, Indiana back in 1833. He was an avowed cultist and spent the lion’s share of his fortune trying to save Tremont from extinction when it lost out to Chicago as a stopping point for goods moving across the country. He employed dowsers, magicians, mystics and any other charlatan that was willing to take his money in exchange for false hopes. At the very last Robert discovered a coal mine in the hills near the town and the Tremont Coal Mine was opened shortly after. He was committed in 1855 to a mental institution after trying to shut the mine down by blowing the entrance with a large amount of dynamite. He was stopped, luckily, as there were workers still down in the mine working.


Robert Freeman

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